Energy from village to nation

Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd
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Physics Education, 1983, 18 (2), pp. 71 - 77
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A common definition of physics is the study of matter and energy and their interrelationship. Energy was soley in the domain of the physical scienties until, in 1973, politicans 'discovered' the word. Often students have the impression that energy was invented in 1973, or at best it was poorly understood before then. Hence the current awareness of the important of energy has obvious implications for physics departments everywhere. To properly understand energy and its role in all societies, it is neccesary to look at mankinds use of energy not just as it is in present but throughout history.
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